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UK man freed 5 months after Yemen kidnapping
LONDON (AP) -- A British man kidnapped in Yemen has been released safely after five months in captivity, the U.K. government said Saturday.... 7/26/2014 3:45 PM

Hamas fires rockets on Israel, ending 12-hour lull
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas said it fired five rockets at Israel late Saturday after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of fighting.... 7/26/2014 3:39 PM

Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.... 7/26/2014 3:31 PM

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.... 7/26/2014 3:21 PM

Dutch: 1st victim identified from Flight 17
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government says the first victim has been identified from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster.... 7/26/2014 3:14 PM

UN Myanmar envoy worried over camps for displaced
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- The U.N.'s new human rights envoy for Myanmar on Saturday expressed serious concern about the conditions in camps for more than 100,000 persons displaced by sectarian strife, and warned that the country's human rights situation may be deteriorating.... 7/26/2014 2:19 PM

UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande said Saturday he wants the remains of all passengers on the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated to be brought to France and the site of this week's catastrophe marked with a memorial to the 118 who died.... 7/26/2014 1:57 PM

Custody death to mar NYC mayor's return from Italy
ROME (AP) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are wrapping up a whirlwind vacation in his ancestral homeland of Italy, complete with cheering crowds, paparazzi and, yes, even proof Italians do eat pizza with a knife and fork.... 7/26/2014 1:41 PM

Spain ex-regional leader admits to undeclared cash
MADRID (AP) -- A former president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has admitted to concealing large sums of undeclared money in secret foreign bank accounts.... 7/26/2014 1:41 PM

Pope goes to stronghold of Naples-area mobsters
CASERTA, Italy (AP) -- Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste.... 7/26/2014 1:35 PM

Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.... 7/26/2014 1:28 PM

Minister: Flights between Aruba, Venezuela resume
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Flights between Venezuela and Aruba resumed Saturday, ending a brief suspension by the South American country to protest the arrest of its designated counsel to the island territory, the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever detained on a U.S. warrant.... 7/26/2014 1:18 PM

Germany: man accused of child abuse over 20 years
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities have arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing children over the past two decades after finding a boy who had been missing for several weeks at his apartment.... 7/26/2014 1:17 PM

MH17 victims' family: Airline lacking compassion
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 called the carrier rigid and bureaucratic Saturday, saying it has offered them no professional grief counselling in more than a week and refused to organize a flight home to Houston for the boys' grandmother.... 7/26/2014 1:08 PM

Egypt to try 20 suspected in terrorist attacks
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's chief prosecutor charged 20 suspected militants Saturday with carrying terrorist attacks that killed seven people and wounded more than 100, amid new clashes between soldiers and insurgents in the restive Sinai Peninsula.... 7/26/2014 1:03 PM

15 killed in Afghan attacks as vote count stops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Attacks across Afghanistan, including hundreds of Taliban fighters swarming police checkpoints across the south, killed at least 15 people Saturday, officials said, as a recount in the country's presidential election halted before a major holiday.... 7/26/2014 12:52 PM

Turkey: 20 police arrested for illegal wiretaps
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says an Istanbul court has charged 20 police officers with illegal wiretapping and ordered their arrest pending a trial.... 7/26/2014 12:36 PM

Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Gunmen in Iraq seized and later released a prominent Sunni politician, officials said Saturday, as confusion remained over who abducted the lawmaker.... 7/26/2014 12:27 PM

French minister calls on protesters to observe ban
PARIS (AP) -- French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest.... 7/26/2014 12:22 PM

Obama, senior EU officials barred from Chechnya
MOSCOW (AP) -- Although Russia has not responded to U.S. sanctions by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there's one part of the country he's blocked from: Chechnya.... 7/26/2014 12:19 PM